I will be travelling in Namibia in January and have planned out my itinerary there. At the end, I have 6 extra days before I need to fly to Capetown and am thinking of a quick visit to Zimbabwe. Given the short time available, what should I plan for? Presumably, I will have to fly into and out of Harare. How many days should I allot there? Would I be able to make quick visits to Great Zimbabwe and Victoria Falls, or should I limit myself to Great Zimbabwe? (I had been to the Zambia side of the…
I'm keen to find out if it is possible to cross the border from Zambia to Zimbabwe at the Vic Falls on foot - just for a day visit to see the falls from the Zim side.
Hope you can help.
I will be traveling idependently to Bulawayo-Masavingo (Great Zimbabwe)- Harare in a few weeks. I have not been to a country that uses dollars in a while and do not have any. My plan was, as it is everywhere, to simply withdraw $ from the ATM which is now impossible as I am told ATMs are out of money and unavailable to foreignors in any case. I am currently in South Africa with the only chance to get dollars being to withdraw rand from the atm then sell them back into dollars at an unfavorable…
We are planning on crossing the Sango/Chicualacuala border post in mid-july and then head to the Eastern Highlands before going to Harare and then on to Zambia.
I would love to receive some advice on the best routes and the road quality, especially from the border post to the next larger road. We have a 4x4, but the suspension isn't exactly in the best shape, so we aren't exactly happy to drive on absolutely terrible roads.
Any advice would be appreciated!
Best regards and thank…
Continued from Zimbabwe tips part 1
Bulawayo is the second largest city in ZW and as other cities I've seen so far in ZW it's a mix of colonial and modern. Bulawayo was our base from where we would do the Matopos but we also had a few hours sightseeing.
We stayed at Packers Paradise, it was OK but with no (working) wifi, no coffee and no hot water for…
Route travelled: Lusaka, Zambia-Kariba Town, Zimbabwe-Harare-Mutare-Eastern Highlands-Mutare-Harare-Tengenenge-Masvingo (for Great Zimabwe)-Bulawayo (for Matopos)-Dete (for Hwange)-Victoria Falls Town-Kasane, Botswana
Note: I would have continued from Mutare directly to Masvingo if I didn’t have to go back to Harare to pick up my friend
Visited: Lake Kariba, Harare, Tengenenge, Mutare, Bvumba, Chimanimani, Great Zimbabwe, Bulawayo, Matopos, Hwange, Victoria Falls
Travel period: Feb 2016
Great Zimbabwe is a magical Sub Saharan medieval city. The enclosures are architecturally interesting and of a beautiful construction and the whole place is a fusion of man-made and natural. The most fascinating bit was the absence of sharp angles in construction; the curvature dominates in the most aesthetically pleasing of ways. We went to the complex in the late afternoon and made no mistake of experiencing Great Zimbabwe this way; a very special half day of sightseeing!
The beautiful Chimanimani Mountains are shared with Mozambique and this, for me, was Zimbabwe at its loveliest. There are mountains to trek, valleys to hike, waterfalls to feast your eyes on and natural pools to swim in or relax by. (Un)fortunately Chimanimani NP is ZW's well kept secret but it needn't be this way. It's nice in a way that the park is crowds-free (read: tourist-free in general) but the area undeservedly receives a few visitors only. It's just that people can't be bothered getting…
Bvumba (pronounced 'Vumba') is an area of natural beauty some 30 kms away from Mutare. It's a nice intro for those who can spare only one day in Eastern Highlands. The views, providing there's no mist, are wonderful.
I did Bvumba on a day trip from Mutare. Would recommend staying at least one night if possible. Hivu (pronounced: high view) should be a reasonably good priced accommodation up there.
The shared taxis (passenger car, not minibus) depart when super full (2 front and 4 back…
I am planning a short trip to Southern Africa in September and was after some help and ideas for my itinerary from those experienced in the areas -
I have 14 full days and fly into Joburg, SA and out of Harare, Zimbabwe.
If time allows, I would love to visit the following:
- Kruger NP
- Inhambane / Togo Beach (3 days?)
- Vic Falls (maybe only one night as I have visited here before)
- Either Hwange NP or Mana Pools NP (I heard the latter was better, but need to do what…